Kombucha - Why?
Our body has a large ecosystem of bacteria and yeasts which are categorized as good and bad. However the bad is only bad when out of balance. One way to keep this ecosystem in balance is to consume Kombucha daily.
1. Improves digestion
2. Supports a healthy gut
3. Stimulates the immune system
4. May reduce heart disease
5. Aids detoxification
6. Increased energy
7. Helps with diabetes
8. Reduces cholesterol
9. Helps with anxiety and depression
10. Aids weight loss
11. Contains probiotic yeast S. boulardii
For more detailed information on the benefits of Kombucha click on the following links:
Journal of food science and technology published a study done with rats on Kombucha. You may be surprised with the positive outcome it produced. ‘The present investigation was carried out to understand the preventive effect of Kombucha on heart weight, blood glucose, total protein, lipid profile and cardiac markers in rats with myocardial damage induced using Isoproterenol.’ The conclusion was positive in rats and confirmed reports people were experiencing.
Kombucha - What is it?
Kombucha is a fermented drink found in ancient Chinese cultures and in the Far East more than 2000 year ago. It was brought to the United States in the 1990’s. Recently it has become more well known and you can buy several organic brands. It costs on average $3.00 for a 20 ounce bottle. Making your own provides more beneficial bacteria and yeasts plus it is cheaper.
To make your own: First you need a SCOBY (Symbiotic Combination of Bacteria and Yeast) which is the starter that is combined with sugar and tea to create Kombucha. The fermentation process take up 10 days and sometimes more depending on the temperature of your house. In addition to the bacteria and yeast it creates, the drink contains B vitamins, gluconic acid, lactic acid, acetic acid, enzymes, minerals and may have antimicrobial effects against bacteria like E. coli.
The SCOBY is often referred to as a mushroom hense the term “mushroom tea” but it is not. It is also called “The Mother” because you need the SCOBY and some of the liquid to begin another tea. Also during the brewing process it will create a “baby” on top of itself. You can separate that to create another batch, give to a friend or leave it.
I have a few recipes Here.
Kombucha - Brewing and fermenting….beer?
The answer is YES however it is not beer. I love how BodyEcologydescribes the type of fermentation:
He says that like many wines and beer it is considered a wild fermentation which contains airborne yeasts. There are several “wild” foods and drinks that use the same process besides Kombucha. Bread, distilled spirits, rejuvelac, wine and some beers.
Kombucha - Cautions?
Yes, there are a few to be aware of.
1. When you begin to consume Kombucha start with a ounce and see how your body reacts. It is a great detoxifier and you may find that you are bloated or feeling ill. Give your body time to adjust.
2. If you are on a gut healing program I would introduce it in the later stages of the program. In the beginning of these types of programs you are healing the gut and rebuilding gut bacteria. It could be too much for your new system to handle.
3. If you are pregnant or nursing you should seek medical advice.
4. Some say that if you have a family history of alcoholism you may want to be careful. It is said to create a trace amount of alcohol. Begin with an ounce and see how you do.
5. I recommend children drinking up to 8 ounces a day and adults 16 ounces a day.
Bottom line be careful when introducing new foods into your body. Everyone is different. What is good for one person may not be for another.
Enjoy Kombucha! What is your favorite Kombucha flavor?